KUNA -- An Idaho hero is being remembered. Colonel Bernard Fisher served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. during his nearly 30 year military career. He earned a number of honors and awards including the Medal of Honor.
Col. Fisher passed away over the weekend at the age of 87. Now, his family is looking back at his life and legacy.
"He was just a real genuine individual," said Steven Fisher, Col. Bernard Fisher's son. "He's the kind of person that would do whatever needed to be done."
He lived a life of giving, fueled by a career of service. Bernard Fisher joined the U.S. Navy in 1945. A short time later, he enlisted in the Idaho Air National Guard and served until he received a commission in the U.S. Air Force.
"He always kind of wanted to do that," said Steven Fisher of his father's desire to take to the sky.
Fisher flew combat missions during the Vietnam War and in 1966, he made a choice that would greatly impact his life.
When a fellow airman was shot down during a mission in Vietnam, he risked his life to fly in and save him. Despite the dangerous situation, Bernard Fisher was able to rescue the man and get out safely.
"The rest is history as he liked to say," added Steven Fisher.
During a classroom visit back in 2002, he described his efforts to get his plane back up in the air and out of the line of fire. Because of his heroic actions, Bernard Fisher was presented with the Medal of Honor. He was the first airman in Vietnam to receive the distinction. Colonel Fisher made it a point to share his story with others.
"Bless her heart, she did. It came off the ground," said Col. Fisher of his damaged aircraft.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Col. Fisher was also awarded the Silver Star and various other service medals.
"Bernie" retired from the Air Force in the 1970's and settled in Kuna. It's where he married, farmed, and raised a family.
"So when he came home, this is where he came to," said Steven Fisher.
Kuna's Veterans Memorial Park is named after Col. Bernard Fisher. A simple black ribbon tied now marks his passing. Col. Fisher's family hopes the park will be a place for people to reflect on the lessons of sacrifice and service he leaves behind.
"Because I think we need heroes," added his son Steven.
Col. Bernard Fisher passed away on Saturday, August 16 at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Linder Road near Kuna. That service is set to start at 10:00 a.m.
The public is welcome to attend.
Col. Fisher will then be buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.